How often is it covered?

 doesn’t cover these:

  • Insulin (unless use of an insulin pump is )
  • Insulin pens
  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Gauze


 may cover these:

  • Insulin
  • Certain medical supplies used to inject insulin, like syringes, gauze, and alcohol swabs

If you use an external insulin pump, insulin and the pump may be covered as 

 (DME). However, suppliers of insulin pumps might not provide insulin. For more information, see durable medical equipment.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 100% for insulin (unless used with an insulin pump, then you pay 20% of the 

, and the Part B 

 applies). You pay 100% for syringes and needles, unless you have Part D. 


To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service

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